5 Moving House Tips

5 Moving House Tips

This Moving House Tips post is in collaboration with Homesales.

The last couple of months have been a little hectic at times with my breast cancer diagnosischemotherapy treatment and hospital stay but the one thing that has kept me going and upbeat is moving house!

Don’t get me wrong, the physical side hasn’t always been easy but I’ve absolutely loved the process of unpacking, setting up and coming up with ideas on how to decorate our lovely new home.

When we first got back to Australia, we decided to move to a brand new area, Newcastle.  Previously in Aus, we had been living in Sydney and we didn’t really know Newcastle at all – I hadn’t even been!

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We decided that in coming back to Australia, the family was our focus.  We wanted to find a place where we intended to live ‘forever’.  Somewhere that wasn’t as busy and expensive as Sydney, but with great options for family entertainment, reasonable housing and living costs, good schools etc.  We didn’t want to be too far from Sydney though as the majority of our friends live there.

Newcastle is only a 2 hour drive up the coast from Sydney and the beautiful Hunter Valley is situated in the middle – perfect for topping up the wine collection or catching up with friends on special occasions!

When we got here, we found a 2 bedroom apartment in the city centre to rent.  This gave us a great opportunity to get to know the area and the city that we’d eventually call home.

The apartment was quite big with lots of storage and came fully furnished so we could literally move straight in. It did mean we had to have Mini M with us for the time we lived there so we quickly set about getting to know Newcastle and started the process of finding a bigger place to live.

After a few months of apartment living, we found a lovely area only about 15 minutes from the city and 15 minutes from beaches – perfect!  In fact, the great thing about Newcastle is that everywhere is only a very short drive (or walk) from the water.  There are so many beautiful beaches that I can’t wait to explore!

Due to my diagnosis and treatment, we have put buying a house on hold for now and we’re still renting but you can get so much more for your money in Newcastle than in Sydney.

We soon found a beautiful 4 bedroom house!  There is so much room for all of us, a room each and one for guests and lots of storage.  I can’t wait to show you around in the next few weeks.

We’ve now moved in and currently in the process of unpacking and setting up.  It’s been hard work and Mr M has done all of the heavy lifting (hurray!) along with some brilliantly supportive friends but I’m so happy we’re now all in.

During the process of emigrating from the UK and now moving into this house, I thought I’d share my top 5 moving house tips that might help you, next time you move:

1.  Broaden your horizons

Try not to limit yourself to looking for a new home in a small area.  Check out the surrounding suburbs and other local cities and might be surprised by what you find. Sites such as Homesales make this process easy with thousands of listings available to buy or rent. Searching from the comfort of your living room is a great place to start before contacting an agent.

We found that moving from Newcastle to Sydney gave us everything we required as well as the additional benefits of a quieter and cheaper existence. Expand your suburb search and open your mind to new areas and possibilities!

2.  Enlist support

We were so lucky to have wonderful friends to help us move house.  I seem to have magically timed our moves with 2 pregnancies and my current chemo treatment which has meant I haven’t been able to do much of the physical stuff but Mr M and our wonderful friends didn’t hesitate to pitch in their support.  When people offer to help you move house, say YES!  And of course, repay the favour when it’s their turn to move house.

3.  Don’t try and do everything at once

We were so lucky in having a week overlap of time between leaving our old home and moving into this one.  This meant that we didn’t have to try and race to get everything moved on the same day.  Financially and practically, this isn’t always possible to do but if you have the option to move in more gradually, try to.  That said, we all need a deadline to complete a house move so don’t let it drag on for too long!

4.  Take ‘before’ photos

This is something I do before I move anything into a house and I’ll be posting our ‘before’ photos soon.  I love to get pictures of the place when we move in, before we bring in our furniture and start to decorate, then compare the ‘after’ photos when we’re all set up.

5.  Be ruthless with clutter

This is such a tough one and I’ve recently talked about ordering the Marie Kondo book – “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” (affiliate link).  I can’t wait to get it and to start tackling our clutter.  One thing we’ve been so bad at each time we’ve moved house is not decluttering each time and we’ve ended up hoarding so many clothes and other bits and pieces.  This is all about to change!  Watch this space.

Do you have any more tips about moving house?   I’d love to hear them!

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  1. Robyn
    21st January 2016 / 6:44 am

    Newcastle is such a beautiful place, I visited some relatives there several years ago and was so impressed with the loveliness of it. Great tips for moving house. I was reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up while preparing to move mid-last year and I got rid of about 1/3 of all our stuff. It felt so nice not to be bringing all that junk into our brand new home.

    • 21st January 2016 / 8:33 am

      That’s amazing Robyn! I can’t wait to get tidying :) x

  2. 22nd January 2016 / 10:19 pm

    Such a useful list – the before photos are an absolute must and YES to not doing everything all at once. #TheList

    • 22nd January 2016 / 10:48 pm

      Oh that’s so right – although I need to get my act together with unpacking or the boxes will still be here next year :)

  3. Jade
    24th January 2016 / 12:37 am

    How exciting! We move every 6-12 months for military purposes and I love exploring a new place and unpacking and redecorating. Its like a fresh start overtime. Great list and Im looking forward to seeing your new place.

    • 24th January 2016 / 6:06 pm

      Ah that sounds like a lot of work but also a lot of fun too! x

  4. 29th January 2016 / 8:48 am

    Oh I am going to have to buy this bloomin’ book aren’t I! Fab tips here huni, thanks for linking up to #thelist xxx

    • 29th January 2016 / 7:06 pm

      Hee hee YES – join the tidy crew! PS I haven’t read it yet, I’m not anything like tidy x

  5. Lillian Fisher
    22nd February 2016 / 11:39 pm

    Thanks a lot for the moving tips! I feel under stress about my big house moving. I hope everything to pass smoothly and to move my stuff safely!

    • 24th February 2016 / 2:38 pm

      I wish you the best of luck – moving can be so stressful but I hope it goes very smoothly for you! :)

  6. Jennie Meyer
    9th March 2016 / 12:27 am

    Congratulations! It’s great that you found a lovely place for you and your family. I am also feeling that it is time for me and my husband to search a place outside of the busy and expensive London and buy a house somewhere calm and beautiful where we can start a family. Thank you for sharing your story and the lovely tips! :)

    • 9th March 2016 / 11:23 am

      Thanks so much! It’s so great to be out of the rat race :)

  7. Donald Gabbert
    1st July 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this information this will help me a lot..

  8. Vern C. Tan
    6th July 2016 / 5:54 pm

    Great Stuff!
    I love how much thought you have put into this post!

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips really helpful!
    Unless you’re a minimalist, moving is one of the biggest household tasks there is and it can be extremely overwhelming. But if you can get a head start and stay organized, you should make it through this mammoth process unscathed and ready to enjoy your new abode.

  9. Rachel Blum
    2nd August 2016 / 6:08 pm

    Nice Mim :)! I absolutely appreciate article post you’re 5 moving tips will help me if we plan moving to another house. Thank you and God Bless to your family :)

  10. Abélia
    24th August 2016 / 3:10 am

    I think you put it in a really good way when you say “be ruthless with clutter”. You’ll save yourself a lot of packing if you don’t have to pack a bunch of stuff you’re going to throw away when you get to your new place. I agree that moving is a chance to start new and come up with new ideas to decorate your new home. Thanks for sharing!

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